How come every book of the Bill Reyner series has a good looking girl on it except one – Mania? Now that’s an easy one – in fact all books of the series have a beautiful girl on the cover. Fiend’s Gold depicts a blond psychopathic killer. She’s beautiful and very deadly as Bill quickly found out. In Mania the front cover depicts the unfortunate little Mary Bean, she was murdered by the cult and buried in the forest. Forman Roy found the skull. With Edinburgh Cuckoos we only show the sexy leg of a hostile and gun toting Scottish murderer who fools Bill into thinking she’s his friend. Meall McLean is friendly, sexy, willing and polite, but turn your back and your dead. When Bill looked into the mystery of a vanishing Jean Williams he runs into an evil genius who trades in spare body parts. Poor Jean is on the cover. Damp Graves refers to the disposal of the unwanted body pieces. Now Lions and Christians is a fun story, where Bill gets into loads of trouble, but like all good heroes he comes through in the end and he gets the girl. This time the girl is a lovely Chinese woman Tan Chu. The very serious woman on the cover of The Canadian is in fact Bill’s mentor and sometimes his tormentor, Jane Overland. The Dutchman is much brighter and sports a lovely American Miss with the stars and stripes. She is of course Deloris Sondecker, one of the captain’s many willing young assistants. I didn’t want to use Deloris twice so when it came to The Mermaid I made use of the motorcycle gang’s moll. I thought she looked nice, even though her master was not. Although Bill tries to be a good business man he can’t make up his mind what business he wants to be in – helicopters, airlines, mining, or even detective work. But with a little push from almost everyone he makes a million out of the three inventors who created The Magnuscarter. The cover is a depiction of the dead girl found in the snow. Lastly we have The Agency, the newest one in the series. The cover picture is the pitiable mindless Pauline Eldridge who Bill rescues -oh, wait a minute, maybe it’s the other way round? Keep your eyes peeled, for The Agency, it should be on the market any minute now. Excitement, murder and mystery abounds, but Bill comes to the rescue.
The question I am asked most of all is,
“Do you intend to write any more Bill Reyner stories?”
Ah, an excellent question with a simple answer. “Yes.” As it happens I have two stories in the works. Bill always seems to find the gold whether he’s looking for it or not. As you may have noticed he gets older with each successive tale. Now he lives in a huge house with his new wife and retired grandmother and of course Newf.
One new story leads Bill into danger (of course) and to hidden gold (of course), but not in the way you would expect. In this one both Bill and Newf deliberately set course to search for long lost treasure. So what’s the complication? Ah! Now that would be telling. Hopefully everyone will know the truth in about a year.
The other story? Slightly different. I had hoped it would be the conclusion to the series, though Bill is almost impossible to kill off. What you will find are all the answers you must have asked when you read all the other stories. Why does he seem to find all this gold? How come he never gets killed in the most dangerous of situations? How come Jane Overland has had so many husbands?
All these answers and more, but you’ll have to be patient, even Bill didn’t know until someone told him why he’s so lucky.